a new advent tradition

It’s December 2nd, and it’s starting to feel like Christmas around here.  In the past I have purchased the chocolate filled calendars for the advent countdown for our girls, but this year, thanks to Pinterest I have a new advent for them.

2014 christmas advent for the girls

Each little gift bag is numbered for the day of the month.  Instead of candy there are activities and things to do together as a family.  Some include treats, it’s the holidays after all!

  • 30 minutes on your kindle
  • make snowflake garland to hang in the house
  • drink hot cocoa in our Christmas mugs
  • wear new Christmas jammies
  • make cinnamon decorations for the tree
  • watch Christmas TV special with special treats
  • decorate the trees in their rooms
  • unwrap a new Christmas book to read
  • make graham cracker houses decorate with candies
  • drive around and look at lights
  • visit Six Flags holiday decor & sleigh rides
  • bake and decorate cookies
  • visit with Santa Claus
  • game night with the family your choice
  • buy toys for “Toys for Tots” collected at local fire house
  • Caroling with Girl Scouts at a local assisted living home
  • watch Christmas movie with popcorn
  • write out Holiday cards to classmates
  • go to San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
  • go see Christmas tree in Union Square and decorate windows
  • help me with “you’ve been Elf’d” in our neighborhood
  • help us buy a real tree and decorate
  • visit Christmas Tree Lane
  • unwrap and read a Christmas book
  • attend church on Christmas Eve

I hope my girls enjoy this new advent as much as I am putting it together for them!


we believe …

I realize at the ages of 8 and 6 years old the time our girls believe may be limited before someone or something alerts them to the realization of what may be real during the Christmas season.  Our intent when this does occur is to keep the belief alive with the magic of the season.

We watched the movie Elf recently and my eldest had to read all the credits to see who was Santa, thankfully they listed Santa 🙂  For now, our girls still believe in Santa Claus and our Elf on the shelf, Earl. Their excitement for this season bubbles over and out.

earl 12-2-13

As has become a tradition in our home, the day after Thanksgiving our tree is set up in the family room.  My husband assembles it, I fluff the branches and check the pre-lit lights and our girls decorate.  This is their tree with the many ornaments they have made over the years, those gifted to them and those they have collected at holiday events.


Today the outside of our home was decorated.  My husband taking advantage of what was to be a rainy day and was not, got out and set our house a blaze with lights, lights and more lights.  So you see the Christmas spirit is shared by all of us in the family.

christmas 2013

We will begin baking soon, the girls have started writing their Dear Santa letters, and of course Earl arrived on Thanksgiving to have a watchful eye on our girls till Christmas.  The girls believe that Earl has magical powers is that transport him back and forth to Santa every night to give an update to the man in red whether they should be on the good or the naughty list.  Each morning they wake up to see where he has sat himself down for that day’s watch.

And on the magical night of Christmas Eve we will gather around the computer to follow The Official Norad Santa Tracker with squeals of delight as we see his travels well before he arrives in California.

I am happy that we believe all of us and that keeps the magic of the season for me!

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